Each Friday, the UFT has long sent chapter leaders a digital newsletter chock-full of helpful Department of Education and union news and information that they use to lead their chapters. In discussions over the summer about how to improve union communications, a group of chapter leaders suggested the union share some of that same information directly with members instead of relying on chapter leaders to pass it on. From that proposal emerged the new Member Update, which is being sent each regular school week to all DOE-employed UFT members. The first Member Update went out on Oct. 9. In the Member Update, members will find professional learning opportunities; up-to-date information about salary, evaluation, school safety, health benefits and other relevant topics; this week in labor and education news; upcoming events; and more.